Our Vision:

Thriving American Cities

From Richmond, California, to Providence, Rhode Island, many cities across the nation continue to face significant economic challenges. These cities – and the people who live there – are essential to the nation’s economic future. With the right leaders, collaborating partners, new solutions and bold actions, these places and their people can achieve economic turnarounds and prosper.

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Planning & Implementation

We partner with elected local leaders in economically challenged communities to develop and implement recovery strategies.

Peer Learning

We facilitate opportunities for local leaders to connect and share insight, experience, and challenges with their peers in other cities.


We conduct research to provide local leaders and state and federal policymakers with information they need to adopt policies that foster economic revitalization in economically challenged cities.

Success Story

A Cross-Cutting Approach in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights, Ohio is an inner ring suburb of 45,000 residents that has lost nearly 10% of its population since 2000. Working with the city manager, the Network provided advice on how the city could best facilitate redevelopment of a failing, privately-owned, 65-acre mall, practical support for better using technology and data to drive code enforcement, and a strategy for the launch of a partnership with a community development corporation to drive neighborhood revitalization.

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Youth #Apprenticeships have struggled to gain ground in the US. How can we turn that around? Modeling them after youth sports, where teamwork, discipline, and tenacity are values instilled from early ages: via @jfftweets

How Can We Make Youth Apprenticeship A Winning Proposition? Look To Youth Sports | JFF

Amateur sports has a built-in learn-to-work model, industry support, and the cultural relevance that leads to success.


The @CityofDurhamNC Public Works Department will be imaging all city-owned streets this year, to create a digital data inventory of their conditions: #PublicWorks

Durham, NC

Durham Begins Project to Inventory All City Street Conditions


The planned renovation of @IADSdetroit, an anchor institution for Jewish life in downtown Detroit, is intended to bring more liveliness and a sense of social justice to the synagogue: by Stacy Gittleman for @JewishNewsDet

Downtown Synagogue Plans $4.5 Million Renovation — The Jewish News

With more than $4 million raised so far toward its $4.5 million capital campaign to completely renovate its building on Griswold Street, the Isaac Agr...


Providence, Rhode Island is an alumnus of the Network that we are proud to see continuing to iterate on our recommendations. Our partners at PFM continue to engage with @CityofProv on pension reform efforts, even through the #Covid19 pandemic and the summer!

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